REINKE, Phyllis (Kniess), Age 97 of Kettering passed away Saturday, November 23, 2019.
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She was preceded in death by Edward Reinke, her husband of 61 years, and her daughter-in-law, Nancy Reinke.
Phyllis is survived by her son, George Reinke Sr. and his wife Lynn Germain; her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Scott Koehler Sr.; seven grandchildren, Marcy (Steve) Lisle, Mindy (Greg) King, Missy (Scott) Turner, George (Kelly) Reinke Jr., Scott (Dori) Koehler Jr., Erich Koehler and Laura Koehler. She was also the beloved great-grandmother to: Nicholas Lisle, Evan (Caroline) Lisle, Annabel Lisle, Emma King, Tyler King, Sam Turner, Max Turner, Elianna Koehler, Zach Reinke and Madeline Koehler.
Phyllis was born in Dayton and was a graduate of Stivers High School Class of 1939 and Miami-Jacobs Business College.
She married her high school sweetheart, Ed Reinke. When Ed returned from serving as a First Lieutenant in Europe in WWII, they built a house in Kettering where they would raise their family and live the rest of their lives.
Phyllis and Ed loved to travel and had many adventures together.
They were a loving couple whose home was always warm and welcoming. Many joyful holidays were spent around their table, as Phyllis was a beautiful and gracious hostess who enjoyed entertaining. Her family was blessed to have such a fun and loving mother, grandma, and great-grandma who was full of energy, laughter and love.
She was never too busy to stop and read a book to her grandchildren, or take them for a wagon ride around the block.
We will always remember her warm smile; she will be missed. “A lady until the end,” one of her great-grandchildren said.
The family will hold a private service Friday at Schlientz & Moore Funeral Home located at 1632 Wayne Ave, Dayton.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton in her memory.